102-year-old Elsie Jackson ticked a big ambition off her list on Saturday, after MHA Belvedere Manor on Gibfield Road in Colne invited several birds of prey to their re-launch party.
The Silk care home is now under the management of national charity, MHA, which has almost 75 years’ experience providing accommodation and support for older people.
Elsie, who has lived at Belvedere Manor since 2015, has always loved owls and has decorated her room at the home with pictures of the birds. At the party, she was able to meet a kestrel and a buzzard, and hold a barn owl, as part of MHA’s ‘Seize the Day’ initiative, which helps care home residents achieve their dreams.
The birds of prey were not the only guests of honour at the re-launch, as Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, was also there to celebrate with the Colne community.
Tracey Leverton, home manager at Belvedere Manor, said: “We all had such a fantastic day at the re-launch party! It was really lovely to see residents and their loved ones enjoying the festivities. My personal highlight was seeing the smile on Elsie’s face when she met the birds – it really showed how much it meant to her.
“We were also delighted to have so many local residents come down for the party too. Being a valued and valuable part of the Colne community is really important to us so we hope to see lots of the same faces at some of our other events soon!”
Theresa Knight, media relationships manager at MHA said: “At MHA, we’re dedicated to bringing quality to later life for all our residents. We’re excited to bring our innovative music therapy service for residents living with dementia and dedicated chaplains to the new homes which join the MHA family and are also looking forward to making ‘seize the day’ moments like Elsie’s happen for even more residents!”